Why Australia should be afraid of Virat Kohli

If you lose the first Test, the momentum can change.

Australia captain Smith and his deputy David Warner have exchanged words with Kohli on more than one occasion during heated on-field battles in recent years.

India captain Virat Kohli has said his fast bowlers' performance in the Hyderabad Test has raised his hopes that they can succeed on foreign soil.

Clarke said he was "hopeful" of an Australian series win but cautioned "worst case, they have to compete with this India team". "Probably the wicket is slightly on the slower side, but at the same time it has opened up and there should be more assistance for the spinners tomorrow", Pujara told reporters. I think Australia need to start well in India this time.

"I'm happy where everything is at, at the moment".

"[Mohammad] Shami, Ishant [Sharma] and Umesh [Yadav], we all know". All of the guys are really excited about what's to come in the next six weeks.

"It's hard to expect players to walk straight onto the big stage and perform, especially in conditions that are different to what you're accustomed to", Clarke said.

Aggression: Each of our individuals play the way they want to. I was surprised that India went with three quicks and left Kuldeep out during the Bangladesh game. "You don't want to give the opposition any chance to get back", he concluded.

"But ultimately your defence is what helps you out when you're in trouble and it's going to be important that our defences are strong". "We are ready to go".

Their Test series hasn't even begun yet but India has already got one over Australia. "I learnt a little about that in Sri Lanka".

Australia will play four Test matches in India.

On coming down to wicket against spinners: I did advance once at the start of the summer and got out LBW. "You can [come down the pitch and attack the spinners] in Australia, where the wickets are pretty consistent with turn and bounce". They have got to have plans A, B and C. "I think Bhuvi has stepped up the game with the old ball too".

"Having more strength in the body, he's been able to put more pace in the ball which is key for reverse-swing". The wicket was very good to bat on and it took a bit of patience from us to get wickets. "So they are excited by the challenges of playing here as well". Smith fronted the media after landing in Mumbai on Tuesday (February 14) and said the players won't hold back from engaging in a verbal battle. Waugh said that Ashwin is the player the Australian team would need to overcome during its upcoming tour of India.


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